It’s finally spring in Ames and soon the students will be gone!  Before we celebrate that, we celebrate VEISHEA.  This tradition began in 1922 when the University brought together the major departments on campus (Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Industrial Science, Home Economics, Agriculture) for a week long spring festival including a parade, open houses, exhibits, international food fairs, student performances, concerts, lectures, and entertainers.

Cherry pies, initially made to celebrate George Washington’s birthday in 1922, will be available on Friday from the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom (managed by the students in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Institute Management program).  Yum!  For those still awake, Late Night with Dr. Drew will start at 11 pm and the pancake feed starts at midnight.  If you can’t make it to Ames or you can’t stay up that late, take a look at some of our historical VEISHEA photos in our Digital Collections. These photos date back to 1922 and include horse-drawn floats, students making cherry pies, and dairying students mixing ice cream.  They are just a sampling of what the library’s Special Collections Department has in their photograph collections.